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Northwest Iowa Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Meth Distribution Charges

Sioux City, Iowa — A Storm Lake man, who authorities say trafficked and intended to distribute large quantities of methamphetamine, pled guilty Tuesday in federal court in Sioux City.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa, 31-year-old Christian Javier Ramirez, of Storm Lake, admitted that from early January of 2020 to on or about January 30, 2020, he intentionally conspired with others to distribute methamphetamine.

Authorities say approximately 7 pounds of methamphetamine was intercepted in Colorado by the Colorado State Patrol and was destined for Storm Lake, Iowa, at the direction of Ramirez.

Ramirez will be sentenced in federal court in Sioux City after a presentence report is prepared. He remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.

Ramirez faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $10,000,000 fine, and 5 years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case was investigated by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigation/ICE, Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Office, and Colorado State Patrol.

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